« PreviousContinue »
(BEING THE TENTH OF A NEW SERIES.)
LONDON: Printed by NICHOLS, SON, and BENTLEY,
at Cicero's Head, Red Lion Passage, Flexit Street ;
and by PERTHES and BESSER, llanburgh. 1818.
STILL, my little sweet brunette ! ONCE more the gentle airs of Spring
I sigh for you, and no one else! The promise of fresh pleasure bring : If you frown, oh I shall fret.
Once more the minstrel of the grove I shall die at your repulse!
Attupes new sonnets to his love : Fast the silent wings of Time
Once more the fieret almost peeps O'er your opening beauty move :
From moss which to the white-frost weeps. Soon shall I behold your prime
And soon, to Flora's breath serene, Ripen to the breath of Love!
That moss shall wear a softer green. Then, if your assenting bosom
Ah! while such warblings wake the year, Heave to me but balf so true,
Shall Marianne refuse to hear I may pluck the unfolded blossom
Amid such choral symphony
Is Marianne still deaf to me?
Still bloom, in former hues array'd,
Steals o'er the lawn and glen and grove; Again sball glow)-my true-love cold? And gentle pairs, on frolic wing,
Yon warbler' hath his mate address'd, A timid violet from my sight,
Its glimmering leaves, its virgin white. Then listen to the verbal bird,
I stoop'd to taste the breathing spring, Nor Ay so sweet a Valentine :
So gentle in the recent fower, And, if with charmed ear be heard
And welcome the sweet tints that bring His melting music-deem it mine!
The promise of a softer hour.
Some moments past, I hied to view
The little traits of yesterday : That little sprig of young peach-bloom,
But gone was all the illusive hue; The promise fair of sweets to come,
The very leaves were shrunk away. Was sent, in sooth, by me: And, though its tints be all too weak
And is that violet's glance so coy,
Which fed, as if afraid of me,
Say, is it like a dream of joy
That paints the air, but ne'er shall be? When like the fruit, as now the flower, If I have hail'd thy vernal pride, Nor plac'd beyond my reach,
Say, is thy bower the rosemarine, I may salute thee supny-ripe,
That veils the blushi thy scorn would hide, And (more delicious still the type)
The blush I fondly fancied mine?
LIST OF PLATES.
Luther, Portrait of, 209.
Norton Church, co. Derby, 497. Dublin, Tenter-house in, 113.
Quatford Church, Salop, 17. Earl's Shilton Church, co. Leic. 305. Salisbury, Poultry Cross at, 393. Eghum Church, Surrey, 577.
Sherborne, New Inn at, 201. Harnhan Bridge, Chapel, &c. al, 393. Tewkesbury, Antient Building at, 489.
FIRST PART OF THE EIGHTY-EIGHTH VOLUME,
N the conclusion of each succeeding Volume, it has been customary to present to our Readers the most heartfelt thanks for their long and unabated patronage of our labours and to assure them of our constant adherence to the genuine principles of the English Constitution, as established by Magna Charta, confirmed by the glorious Revolution, and strengthened and perpetuated by the mild Government of the illustrious House of BRUNSWICK. - To these principles we have uniformly and steadily adhered; nor, thanks to a beneficent Providence, have the principles themselves lost any thing of their value. They have been assailed with great violence; they have been confronted with unheard-of novelties; they have been branded with standing in the way of all those Utopian schemes of improvement with which the Publick has of late been nauseated. But we may venture to assert, that they have entered into the mind of no man among us by the avenues of considerrate examination and conviction, who has wavered in his attachment to them. They are the only principles recognized by our happy Constitution; under the shadow of which the Nation has so long reposed in safety, and flourished in character and dignity; they are those of the soundest and best Statesmen who have graced our councils, and who have left to us the fruit of their wisdom, their firmness, and their labours. These were the principles which opposed an effectual bar to the Revolutionary spirit of 1792, which kept up the spirit of resistance to Buonaparte through a long contest, and at length liberated Europe ; and which, after having conducted us to a Peace which secures our glory and our greatness together, are, by their influ